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H1 2011

Abu Dhabi logistics & industrial


Market update

Highlights
W  ithin the established industrial locations of Abu Dhabi rental rates for open storage and compound land have stabilised over the past 6 months. P  rivate developers and landowners have continued to lease storage land in Mussafah for in excess of AED 120 per metre per annum. W  e have witnessed a decline in rental rates for older buildings in the established areas of Mussafah and Mina Zayed. O  lder poorly maintained industrial buildings across the established industrial locations experience higher vacancies and lower rental values as competition increases. A  LMARKAZ has progressed smoothly with the development of phase 1, which is made up of 90,000 sq m of light industrial accommodation which is due for completion in December 2011.

H1 2011

Abu dhabi logistics & Industrial


Market update

Market comment
M  ore sophisticated occupiers are seeking better quality modern facilities as rental prices across Abu Dhabis industrial areas have settled at lower than previous levels. W  e anticipate a further flight to quality as redevelopment of older buildings and the new build of modern facilities within Mussafah will continue to provide companies with alternative occupational options. W  ithin the last 3 months we have witnessed landlords beginning to offer more flexible lease terms, but rent free inducements still do not exceed 2-3 months. L  andlords are more willing to pay agency and brokerage fees as incentives to both agencies and tenants. A  n increase in activity has been witnessed in the engineering compound/open land sector with a surge in recent requests from international engineering and plant equipment hire companies.
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Key market indicators


Rents Trending Class 1 Abu Dhabi 500 sq m Industrial City (ICAD) Class 1 Abu Dhabi Airport Average size requirement Average rent free inducement
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4 6 5 5

700 sq m 500- 10,000 sq m 3 months

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Rental rates
800 700 600 500 400 300

AED / sq m per annum

1 year 2 year 3 - 5 years Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2008 2009 2010 2011 Mussafah ICAD 1 ICAD 2 5 years+ Source: Knight Frank Figure 4

45% 18% 28% 9%

Source: Knight Frank


*  all rental rates are net of municpality and authortity charges and taxes, and are collected from selected comparable transactions, valuations and asking prices Scopefor improvement ofIndustrialAccommodationin the Abu Dhabi

Industrial property demand by sector

MARKET VIEW
S  peculatively built light industrial units witnessed a reduction in rental rates to AED 350 per sq m and may fall further. R  ental rates for modern newly built facilities continue to achieve rents upward of AED 500 per sq m in Musaffah and ICAD (Abu Dhabi Industrial City). R  enewed interest in the build to suit market emerges from occupiers in the pharmaceutical supply chain and the food and beverage distribution industries. S  trong demand is reported for better quality European specification facilities and developers are positive about providing further high quality stock.
Fast moving consumer goods (FMGC) Pharmaceutical Retailers Food & Beverage (F&B) General storage Source: Knight Frank 11% 11% 17% 11% 28%

Light industrial/manufacturing 22%

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Abu Dhabi ground rents Q3 2011


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Source: Knight Frank

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MARKET VIEW
T  he market anticipates the completion of ALMARKAZ phase 1 with 90,000 sq m of high quality light industrial accommodation being made available. R  ental rates for older warehousing stock will continue to deteriorate as newer modern facilities will enter the market providing the occupier with more choice.
under 1000 1,001 - 2,000 2,001 - 5,000 5,001 - 10,000 10,000+ Source: Knight Frank 8% 17% 17% 25% 33%

S  pecialist industrial developers are researching the market, planning to emulate developments successfully completed in international markets. K  halifa Port Industrial Zones (KPIZ) location and strategic occupiers will create further competition for Dubai landowners and developers.

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Size

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RESEARCH

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Abu Dhabi Office P.O. Box 3520 Plot C 210, East 4/2 Al Muroor Street Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates T: +971 (0) 2659 4994 F: +971 (0) 2635 5384 Leasing Edward Batten Commercial Leasing Manager D: +971 (0) 4451 2000 M: +971 (0) 5678 34559 edward.batten@me.knightfrank.com Ali Mohamed Assistant Leasing Manager D: +971 (0) 2635 0976 M: +971 (0) 5031 81251 ali.mohamed@me.knightfrank.com Tariq Al Badri Business Development Officer D: +971 (0) 4451 2000 tariq.albadri@nbad.com

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Technical Note W  arehouse accommodation has been sub-divided into Class 1 and Class 2, reflecting high and low quality respectively. Whilst subjective, this categorisation is based on an assessment of each propertys age, specification, quality of build, location, situation, site coverage and operational efficiency. E  uropean specification and quality although subjective indicates that the building is consistent with what has become the institutionally acceptable investment standard for logistics and warehouse accommodation across Western Europe. Industry standard specifications would generally include raised dock entry set at approx. 1.3m, 1 dock per 10,000 sq ft of warehouse floor area, 2 level entry doors, 10% office content, 10m clear internal height, a site density not exceeding 50%, floor tolerances to allow free movement fork lift truck (FLT) operation according to height of building, temperature control, fully insulated external roofing and cladding system and a minimum 10 percent roof lights.

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